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These Canadian labels and artists are donating today's Bandcamp sales to Black organizations

Bandcamp dedicates all revenue from the 1st Friday of each month to artists — and they're paying it forward.

Bandcamp dedicates all revenue from the 1st Friday of each month to artists — and they're paying it forward

Labels participating include Arts & Crafts, Forward Music Group, Royal Mountain and Idée Fixe Records, as well as artists Whoop-Szo, Partner and Owen Pallett. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)

Updated at noon on June 5: CBC Music has added a link to the spreadsheet listing the names of Black artists, DJs and producers, and the information on New Feeling, since the original publishing of this article.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bandcamp has waived its revenue shares on the first Friday of each month to help make up money that musicians are losing daily by not being able to tour or perform. Today, on the first Friday of June, some of those artists and labels are donating their proceeds to Black charities and organizations in support of racial justice.

More than 100 names are listed on a spreadsheet detailing who's participating, which was started and crowdsourced by music writer Jesse Locke (who also writes for Bandcamp). Labels include Arts & Crafts, Forward Music Group, Royal Mountain and Idée Fixe Records, and artists Whoop-Szo, Partner and Owen Pallett are also listed. There's also a column explaining where everyone will be donating their revenue. The first Bandcamp Friday was March 20, and it resulted in $4.3 million in sales — 15 times the usual Friday amount, according to Bandcamp.

A more direct way to support Black musicians is to buy their music from Bandcamp today — and Locke has since shared another crowdsourced spreadsheet that lists nearly 100 Black Canadian musicians, DJs and producers. The lists are coming from a Twitter handle called New Feeling, which Locke says is a group of Canadian music journalists who will be launching a website "in the very near future." Names on the artist/DJ/producer list include Cadence Weapon, Beverly Glenn-Copeland and Polaris Prize winner Haviah Mighty. 

Bandcamp also recently announced that it would be donating 100 per cent of its share of sales on Juneteenth (June 19) to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. (Juneteenth marks the day in U.S. history when the last remaining enslaved African-Americans in the Confederacy were emancipated in 1865.)

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